acca larentia

Acca Larentia

Le 7 janvier 1978, en sortant de la permanence de la section du Mouvement social italien de la via Acca Larentia à Rome, pour aller distribuer des tracts dans le quartier populaire de Tuscolano pour un concert du groupe de musique alternatif Gli Amici del Vento, trois jeunes nationalistes essuient le feu croisé d’un commando de militants d’extrême gauche dotés d’armes automatiques. Franco Bigonzetti (20 ans), étudiant en médecine, meurt sur le coup tandis que Francesco Ciavatta (18 ans), lycéen, décédera peu de temps après durant son transfert à l’hôpital. Vincenzo Segneri, quant à lui, blessé, parvient à se réfugier dans le local et à refermer la porte blindée.

Aussitôt la nouvelle diffusée, des militants de toute la ville de Rome se rendent sur les lieux où l’arrogance des journalistes présents dépasse toutes les limites. Ainsi, un reporter de la RAI jette par mépris son mégot dans la flaque de sang de Francesco. La réaction des présents est immédiate. Pour dégager les journaleux du mauvais pas où ils se sont mis, les forces de l’ordre chargent et lancent des grenades lacrymogènes.

Stefano Recchioni, militant du Front de la jeunesse et guitariste du groupe Janus, est alors abattu délibérément par le Capitaine Edoardo Sivori commandant les carabiniers. Il décédera deux jours plus tard à l’hôpital.

Quelques mois après la tragédie, le père de Ciavatta, un simple ouvrier, en profonde dépression depuis l'assassinat de son fils, se donnera la mort en se défenestrant.

Pietro da Cortona (1596/7-1669)
“Romulus and Remus Given Shelter by Faustulus” (1634)
Oil on canvas
Baroque
Located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus are legendary twin brothers, whose story tells the events that led to the founding of the city of Rome and the Roman Kingdom by Romulus. Faustulus was the shepherd who found the infants Romulus and Remus, who were being suckled by a she-wolf, known as Lupa, on the Palatine Hill. He, with his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the children.

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On January 7th, 1978, two young men from Fronte della Gioventù were ambushed by armed communists who murdered the pair in cold blood.  A third member was killed by police in the ensuing unrest that followed this unprovoked massacre.

Every year, CasaPound salutes this martyred trio.  Members of the group gather at Acca Larentia and stand in solemn silence, rededicating themselves to the struggle for which their comrades gave their lives.

On This Day In History~ April 21st

753 BC; Romulus and Remus found Rome

Romulus and Remus as historical figures, would have been born around 771 BC. They were purported to be sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars, the god of war. Because of a prophecy that they would overthrow their great-uncle Amulius, who had overthrown Silvia’s father Numitor, they were, in the manner of many mythological heroes, abandoned at birth; in this case, on the Tiber River by servants who took pity on the infants, despite their orders. The twins were nurtured by a she-wolf until a shepherd named Faustulus found and took Romulus and Remus as his sons. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the children. When Remus and Romulus became adults, they killed Amulius and restored Numitor. They decided to establish a city; however, they quarreled, and Romulus killed his brother. Thus Rome began with a fratricide, a story that was later taken to represent the city’s history of internecine political strife and bloodshed.

Goddess: A (Acca Larentia)

Acca Larentia:
Also known simply as Lara, she is a goddess of sexuality in whose worship sacred prostitution played an important role. A semi-divine prostitute, she passed into Roman mythology as a benefactress of the lower classes and as the she-wolf foster-mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. Her festival, the Larentalia, took place annually on December 23rd